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The What, Why, When and Where of Eternal Rewards (2 of 3)
Series: A LIFE GOD REWARDS
March 16, 2003
If you'll notice in John 5:22-23 as we begin - the words of Jesus. Your outline has it at the top of the page. We study today the what, why, when and where of eternal rewards and today we are going to study the bema. B-E-M-A. The bema is a Greek word which means judgment seat. Jesus said this, "Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him." Now, it was important in the ministry of Jesus for people to realize who Jesus was. And Jesus was God. Jesus was co equal with God the Father. You've heard me say this many times. In the previous study that we taught on titles of Christ in Isaiah we learned that Jesus was equal with God the Father, that the Father and Jesus are one. Jesus said, "If you have seen me you have seen the Father."
Now, Jesus the Son, and God the Father are different in roles, but they are one in essence. They have different roles to play just as I have a different role to play as a husband and a father and a pastor. I'm a father. I'm a husband and I'm a pastor, but I'm one person. Now God is a Father. God is a Son. God is a Spirit, but He is one person. God is a Father, Son, Spirit, but he is one person. Jesus and the Father and the Spirit are one but they have different roles. So Jesus is saying here that the Father judges no man. It is not going to be the role of God as Father to judge, but it will be the role as God the Son to judge. That's very important. The reason we're going to see why it will be the role of Jesus the Son to judge, not the role of God the Father to judge.
Now, who will be the judge at the bema? Well, the judge at the bema will be Jesus Christ. Look at II Timothy 4:8. "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." Now who is it that is going to appear one day? Who was it that the disciples looked to come again? Who was it that the early Christians longed to see? Was it God the Father? No. It was Jesus Christ. It was Jesus Christ that the disciples had walked with and talked with and it was Jesus Christ who was coming back again. Who said, "I'm coming back to earth again one day?" It was Jesus Christ the Son. And so Paul here in II Timothy 4:8 was talking about Jesus himself. He said the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me a crown one day. So he's saying here that each believer one day will stand face to face with his Savior, Jesus Christ. And Jesus is described here as the righteous Judge, the one who is tempted in all points like we are, yet without sin.
Jesus is the one before whom every believer will stand one day. H ...
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